MacKay reveals details of $490-billion defence strategy to modernize military

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HALIFAX - Peter MacKay says he was merely providing more details on the government's defence strategy when his department quietly posted the price tag on its website late Thursday night.
The minister of defence, who was at an international conference in Halifax today, says the plan amounts to $490 billion in spending over 20 years.
The funding includes $20 billion for new aircraft, tanks and ships, in addition to $15 billion in transport planes, trucks and helicopters that had been purchased earlier.
The Canada First Defence Strategy was first introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Halifax last month amid claims that the funding was unclear and incorrect.
The hefty amount includes a projection of $250 billion to recruit 70,000 regular and 30,000 reserve force personnel, along with $140 billion for spare parts, maintenance and training.
MacKay says the funding is aimed at modernizing the military and making it capable of responding to terrorist threats and natural disasters, while taking part in international missions.
Later today, MacKay will be in Charlottetown to officially open a $20-million research complex at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, Canada First Defence Strategy

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Charlottetown

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  • Mike
    June 21, 2010 - 20:41

    It is just like the 1930's. Military spending goes up as the economy takes a dive. Osama is the new Hitler? Oh well, socialism for the rich. Plus ca change.....

  • wow
    June 21, 2010 - 20:28

    Amazing what that money would do for social and economic development in the rural regions of this country.

    After all, PEI lost its military base when CFB Summerside closed in 1990. How much of that will trickle down to our 3 reserve units in this province?


    We need a New Deal program like FDR introduced in the US back in the 1930s.

    Of course our PM Steve, being so progressive would never think of such a thing.

  • trent
    June 21, 2010 - 20:15

    Probably to get the Americans to stop complaining that the only reason we haven't been invaded yet is that they are paying to protect us.

  • Arthur
    June 21, 2010 - 20:10

    Outrageous to spend so much for so little!

  • Paul
    June 21, 2010 - 20:04

    they need to spend at least triple that amount of money to get our military up to speed. years of massive underspending in the military has put us in this predicament. Even the mexicans can come up north and kick our a**

  • To
    June 21, 2010 - 20:02

    You sir, are a complete idiot. Why don't you go learn about Jewish history and understand why Israel exists in the first place. Then, go learn about the bloodthirsty dictators who have wished, and continue to wish for, Israel's destruction. Then lastly, learn to spell and pull your head out of your a$$.

  • Jake
    June 21, 2010 - 19:40

    The military is the biggest protection racket in the world. Well, maybe #2 after the health industry. But if we do not spend this the terrorists will win!! Booga Booga!